Air India commits to daily "dreamliner" flights from Birmingham Airport effective from November 2014

Air India has committed to increase its Birmingham-Delhi-Amritsar operation from four flights per week to
daily services from November 2014, when its 18th Boeing 787 "dreamliner" aircraft is inducted into service

Announcing the growth plans at a celebratory dinner on Friday 1 August 2014 to mark Air India’s first
anniversary of operating from Birmingham Airport, the airline’s Commercial Director, Mr Pankaj Srivastava,
who flew over from India for the celebration, said: "Since starting our four times weekly "dreamliner"
programme from Birmingham Airport last year, we have handled more than eighty thousand passengers
on board 210 flights, serving business passengers, tourists and people visiting friends and relatives. Air India
is committed to develop and grow in this market and once we have taken the delivery of our 18th "dreamliner"
aircraft in November, we hope to launch the daily operation from Birmingham Airport"

"This will provide an extra 1,500 seats a week and give passengers greater choice, flexibility and opportunity
to travel from the convenience of Birmingham Airport to Amritsar and Delhi, and onwards on Air India’s
extensive global network". Air India’s current schedule operates from Birmingham each Saturday, Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday on its Boeing 787 "dreamliner" aircraft, which has a 256 split seat cabin consisting 
of 18 business class and 238 economy seats. Air India is now a member of "Star Alliance"

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive, said: "We are extremely thankful to Air India for recognising
the demand from travellers needing the flexibility of daily services from Birmingham. The West Midlands
receives more foreign direct investment from India than any other region outside of London and Birmingham’s
VFR market grew by 71% in 2013, now attracting more visitors from India than any English city other than
London. It’s therefore not surprising that the route has been such a success in its first year and I am certain
that a daily service would make the Birmingham route even more appealing to Midlands’ travellers"

Air India schedule at Birmingham Airport from November 2014

1700/2030 AI113/114 Boeing 787 "dreamliner" from/to Amritsar via Delhi
- operates daily

Tuesday 5 August 2014


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